Vital Signs 2005

Written by Worldwatch Institute

True global progress cannot be achieved as long as the world's spending priorities are directed toward narrow economic and military goals at the expense of human development and environmental protection.

  • Nearly o­ne in four mammal species is in serious decline--including half of all wild cat and bear species, four of five rhinoceros species, both elephant species and all great apes.
  • World oil use surged by 3.4% in 2004--the fastest rate in 16 years.  China alone increased its consumption by 11%, to 6.6million barrels per day, making it the world's number-two oil user after the United States.

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